Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
he was so excellent as diane keaton's tense and tilted brother in 'annie hall.' christopher walken is like bill murray in that he is a true favorite. no matter what either of them do, they are just who they are in our minds: totally interesting and cool people. i once took a silent ride in an elevator alone with walken. he is tall! he also has an amazing face for a photographer with vision.
photograph by andrzej dragan
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
i watched the early stanwyck film 'baby face' again last night. while working as a file clerk, barbara sleeps her way up the company ladder. there is one moment when two secretaries share a humph of disdain over barbara's obvious game plan. even though gloria grahame was only 11 years old at the time of the film, how can this not be her adorable face?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
either actor michel picolli was a patient man as well as a wonderful actor or just a dang great actor. he was paired with bardot in 'contempt' and with deneuve in 'belle du jour', two films that centered around a couple torn assunder. in both cases it was the man who stood still with his head spinning as his wife made moves based on motivations he would never comprehend.
photo: picolli and deneuve
in the performance of a lifetime, dirk bogarde brought as much class and emotional stress to 'death in venice' as director visconti brought beauty to every detail. in the painful scene of the ailing musician giving himself up to the administrations of the hairdresser, dirk exited the parlour with great dignity, his pleasure mixed with bafflement.
i am not the least bit surprised that fashion designer john galliano was inspired by that movie.
Monday, July 26, 2010
they detested being called that but what could they do? in their 9 year marriage they were even bigger than that diamond ring he bought her. the public could not get enough of them, even if the public did not like many of the films they made together.
i am nearing the end of the newest book on their love story. richard said elizabeth thrived in hot climates. here she is, thriving.
it is well documented in books that rock hudson was not too fond of his 'giant' co-star james dean. while making the film, james and elizabeth taylor seemed to have great affection for one another. elizabeth and rock also look happy off camera. so, what did rock find such a turn off? a picture really does speak a thousand words.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
the most recent production of charles dickens' 'little dorrit' is impeccable. head to toe. one of the most endearing characters was the gatekeeper's son who worked alongside his father at the debtors prison. this guy had humility, patience, and enough kindness in his soul to light the world. 'john chivery' was played by russell tovey and he really made a lasting impression.
plus, he could rock a cap or tophat which is no mean feat.
when richard burton went to mexico to film 'night of the iguana, wife elizabeth went with him. elizabeth, a great lover of jewelry, claimed she did not particularly enjoy the ownership of her jewels, more that she loved being able to feast her eyes on their brilliance. she readily let visitors try them on.
i just love thinking this photo was orchestrated by her.
12 years after they killed each other in 'double indemnity', barbara and fred met again in a considerably more wholesome film called 'there's always tomorrow.' those two movie titles could not be more different, right?
by 1956 they were both less impulsive, their minds less in the gutter, but still, they were tops in their field. now on dvd.
mosaics! so fun and sometimes super costly. it takes up to 3 months and up to 10,000 semi precious gemstones to make a portrait like this one created by 'gemstone creative.'
p.s. their suppliers follow the guidelines laid out by the Responsible Jewellery Council!
Friday, July 23, 2010
lana turner may have earned the nick name but she did not like it one bit. the amazing shot of her lipstick rolling along the floor on its way to the feet of john garfield in 'the postman always rings twice' ended with john gazing from the floor and up her bare legs. by then she was well over knitwear.
photos: a great sweater still works/lana